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After months of rumors and speculations, Microsoft officially announced the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, a disc-free version of the Xbox One S. With 1TB of storage capacity, you'll have plenty of space to save your favorite games. One of the advantages digital games have over...
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Does your system use an SSD or HDD? What if I told you HDD users that you could bring new life to your system with a simple upgrade for the price of less than a dinner for two? And no, the answer is not by downloading more RAM. (Jokes aside, this is not a real thing. Do not pay to download RAM.) Interested? While it sounds like snake oil at first, Intel® Optane™ memory packs memory advancements...
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Storage is so important, making it good to see Western Digital and its related brands continuing to push the medium forward. Here at NAB 2019, WD, G-Technology, and SanDisk are showing off a bunch of current and in-development products that will appeal to consumers and professionals. G-Tech is a great place to start, because we were able to go hands on with the latest...
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For something that has “universal” in its name, USB naming conventions are anything but. From long names to standard changes, it can become increasingly difficult to figure out what all the letters and numbers mean. First, we’ll look at the number that follows USB, like USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0. That number refers to different maximum data-transfer speeds. Let’s start with the most...
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When it comes to selecting a RAID array, there are a lot of options to sift through. Depending on your needs, you’ll need to decide on the number of bays, the amount of pre-installed storage, and the type of connectivity. For users whose requirements are less intensive, consider the LaCie 2big...
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If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Apex Legends, then here’s your wake-up call. While it doesn’t have the player base compared to big titles like Fortnite or PUBG, probably because it’s not available on mobile (yet?), “Ape Legs,” as at least two of us in the office like to call it, isn’t fighting this battle sitting down. In less than one week of a February release, Apex has...
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Traveling photographers are always looking for the perfect portable device, not only to upload their photos, but to edit them, as well. Many factors come into play, including dimensions (screen and device), weight, battery life, and more. Sleep is lost as one wrestles with the purchasing decision. Should a laptop be packed? No, it’s too big to nestle into a camera bag. It will fit in a carry-on....
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One of the most pressing issues in the digital world is the need for data security. I'm not talking about backing your data up, but rather keeping it safe and secure while it's still on your drive. G-Technology has addressed this with the introduction of its ArmorATD USB 3.1 Gen 1 External Hard Drive, which is a rugged, all-terrain...
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When you need to print, you need to print. Make sure that you get a reliable and versatile printer to do the job, especially if this is your business. HP has long been a powerhouse in this industry and its latest releases solidify that position. These new models are the OfficeJet Pro 9025...
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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. Wait, no, that’s for something else… Here we go! The actual pledge is, “I solemnly swear to back up my important documents and precious memories on March 31.” That is the pledge for World Backup Day (www.worldbackupday.com), an organization whose goal is to make sure your personal data is safe. It...
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Once a year—mostly during the spring season—we normally perform a set of cleaning tasks that streamlines our daily lives. This may include cleaning the home thoroughly to improve our health, tuning up the car to achieve better pep when stepping on the accelerator, and clearing out the garage or attic of junk to make more space. But what about our computer, this thing that we use most of our lives...
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There’s something magical about starting up a new computer for the first time. As it efficiently whirs along and quickly gets you to the setup screen, you probably can’t help but notice how fast everything works. That is, until one day, when you load a YouTube video and your browser freezes. From there on out, everything is very slow and laggy, and there is just no recovering from it. You find...
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I hate backing up. I do it, but I hate it. If you’re not running backups, you’re courting heartache. My cautionary tale: A few years ago, my brother and I were editing our first indie feature. Our data got corrupted. Nothing was backed up. We lost three months of post-production—the entire film. Starting from scratch nearly killed us. Don’t let it happen to you. Data loss is more than an...
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Built to satisfy designers’ needs for color performance, BenQ’s PD2720U DesignVue Designer 27" 16:9 HDR 4K IPS Monitor covers 100% of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and Rec. 709 color gamut, plus 96% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. Its color fidelity is further backed by support for HDR10, BenQ’s AQCOLOR technology, an...
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When scrolling through websites, have you noticed anything different in your browser lately? If not, then log on to Google Chrome and direct your attention to the upper left-hand corner of the address bar. There you will learn if the site you are visiting is “Secure” (using the prefix HTTPS, for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) or “Not Secure” (using the prefix HTTP, for Hypertext Transfer...
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